• WordNet 3.6
    • n surbase the molding or border above the base of a structure (a pedestal or podium or wall)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surbase A board or group of moldings running round a room on a level with the tops of the chair backs.
    • Surbase (Arch) A cornice, or series of moldings, on the top of the base of a pedestal, podium, etc. See Illust. of Column.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • surbase To depress; flatten.
    • n surbase In architecture, the crowning molding or cornice of a pedestal; a border or molding above a base, as the moldings immediately above the base-board or wainscoting of a room. See cut under dado.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Surbase sur′bās a cornice or series of mouldings above the base of a pedestal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. sur-, + base,


In literature:

For a final safeguard, Garson searched for and found the telephone bell-box on the surbase below the octagonal window.
"Within the Law" by Marvin Dana
She stood kicking her heel against the surbase, silently watching the sparkling machine.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
A beautiful stucco cornice and ceiling and a carved wood surbase are its best features.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
Beneath the surbase, the panels, as also those of the door, were covered with arabesques.
"The Loyalists of Massachusetts" by James H. Stark
The surbase of her majesty's room is of fine marble; the room is about forty feet square, the dressing room of rather larger dimensions.
"Journal of a Horticultural Tour through Germany, Belgium, and part of France, in the Autumn of 1835" by James Forbes